Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing has revealed that Alex Iwobi broached the topic of representing Nigeria at international level with him.
Billing, who is eligible for Nigeria through his father, is in line to make his international debut for Denmark at senior level in Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland, having represented the country of his birth at various youth levels.
However, he admitted he talked with Everton’s Iwobi about the possibility of turning out for the Super Eagles, and had been flattered by the apparent interest in him.
“It wasn’t until when we (Cherries) were going to play against Everton a couple of weeks ago when Alex Iwobi asked if I might be interested in coming and playing for Nigeria,” Billing told Danish newspaper B.T.
“It’s a pat on the back that another country would like you to play for them. I just take that as a shrug and proof that you are doing well.”
Despite the interest, the 23-year-old stated the chances of turning out for Nigeria had always been slim.
“I am half Nigerian and I feel that way too but I was born and raised in Denmark. My mother is Danish and my sister is Danish, so it would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria.”